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How to be more productive at home. Color Tips | Interior Design

12 October, 2021
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If you are lacking attention, being unproductive or feeling uncomfortable in any way, change your colours to be more productive at home! 

Working from home can be a great advantage, but it definitely has some inconveniences, because working at home often means distractions. And often these distractions are cause by design mistakes. So, yes! you can be more productive at home just making little changes in your home office decor.

In this article we will focus on color. Understanding how every color has an influence on us, we can choose the best colors to be the most productive.

 

Why do we talk about color?

Colors are energy, when we perceive a color we are perceiving the reflection of light, and the color of this light tells us how is this energy. And every color will affect our mood in a different way. Some colors will bring a lot of energy on us, while others will help us calm down.

Taking care of our mood is key if we want to be more productive at home. Because it is difficult to perform well we don’t feel good. A good work day requires concentration, a bit of energy and some relaxation, not too much though, we don’t want to fall sleep neither feel a strong need to start running.

Understanding what kind of energy every color carries, will help you identify the best colors for your working space.



How to use color in our interior design?

Color can have quite a strong influence on our mood and should therefore be used in small doses. My recommendation is to keep the walls neutral and light. Why? Because the lighter the color the more delicate the effect will be.

For example, if orange is a color that offers the spices you need to be more productive, don’t paint your walls orange, choose a light peach color instead, the lighter the color, the softer the effect.

White walls

White is a really good color for the walls since it doesn’t alter our mood much. It is the brightest color choice and will therefore reflect the most light of all. If you want to be productive you definitely need light, and if possible sunlight.

White is associated with cleanliness and order so it will be great to organize our thoughts. Moreover, it is a great background color to create since anything can happen on a white canvas. White walls are great for works that require you to keep your thoughts in order.

Paredes blancas para aclarar tus ideas. Escoge los mejores colores para ser más productivo en tu espacio de trabajo

 

Gray Walls

Gray is a great wall color since it helps calm down. It is a very neutral color that doesn’t create any emotions and therefore allows us to relax. Gray walls are especially good if our work exposes us to an overload of emotions or sensorial stimuli.

If because of our work, we receive plenty of color and light inputs, gray will help reduce this over stimulation. But also, if we are constantly exposed to other peoples’ events, as it is common for journalists or psychologists for example, gray offers the ideal space to work without feeling overwhelmed by all these emotions.

Paredes grises para estar más relajado. Escoge los mejores colores para ser más productivo en tu espacio de trabajo

Warm colored walls

Even if we keep the colors in their lighter tones, as soon as we add some color we will get either a wall with warm tones (reds, oranges, yellows) or a wall with cooler tones (blues, greens, violets).

Warm colors are usually more uplifting and will give us a sense of a warmer temperature, so it is great for those spaces where we usually feel cold.

Cool colored walls

Cool colors are usually more relaxing and will give us a sense of a cooler temperature, so it is great for those spaces where we usually feel hot.



Adding a pop of color to change our mood 

While it is best to keep the walls towards a neutral color, it can be very helpful to use a higher color intensity with the objects we see around us. A pop of color, will always have a more positive outcome since it won’t overwhelm us. Moreover, our mood isn’t always steady and it is always smart to have the chance to modify the colors around us, according to the needs of the moment. 

 

You can’t go wrong with GREEN

As the color of nature, nothing goes wrong with green. Feel calm, productive, alive, peaceful and grounded. The color that should always be in your workplace. The best way to add green is with plants, bring nature in! Green is a great color to be more productive at home.

Escoge los mejores colores para ser más productivo en tu espacio de trabajo

A subtle touch of RED

Red is very intense, so do not overuse it. As a general rule red is a color that shouldn’t be much around the office because it brings in a lot of energy, often too much. When we overexpose ourselves to red , we can easily feel angry, anxious or irritated. Use it only on very specific situation and for a short period of time.

Escoge los mejores colores para ser más productivo en tu espacio de trabajo

Work with passion and PINK

The lighter version of red brings us a watered down energy feeling. Pink can help bring passion to the office, so it is a great choice if you are feeling unmotivated and need some energy and optimism. 

Escoge los mejores colores para ser más productivo en tu espacio de trabajo

 


Relax with blue

Blue brings us serenity while stimulating the brain, it is a great colour to help us concentrate. However, it can also make us feel sad. So use color to help you concentrate but avoid it if you are feeling down.

Escoge los mejores colores para ser más productivo en tu espacio de trabajo

 

Feel inspired with PURPLE

In between red and blue, a color that helps you relax and feel inspired at the same time. Purple is a great color to feel creative, new ideas easily pop up with this color.

Escoge los mejores colores para ser más productivo en tu espacio de trabajo

Think clearly with YELLOW

Yellow activates the left side of the brain and therefore will promote analytical thinking. It is a great color to make rational decisions, to raise awareness and to inspire new rational ideas. Great for problem solving.

It can be a very helpful color if you lean towards intuition because it will complement your thinking. However, if you tend to overthink, overanalyze or find yourself in a problem-solving mood too often, avoid yellow.

Escoge los mejores colores para ser más productivo en tu espacio de trabajo



Share some ORANGE

Orange is the communication color, will help you feel more extroverted and will motivate you to communicate. It is a great color for works that require you to share your thoughts, it will help you feel confident. If you tend towards introversion, using orange can help you feel confident in your communication.

Do not use it if you tend to overshare, and you are already quite an extrovert, it might bring arrogance and selfishness on you.

Escoge los mejores colores para ser más productivo en tu espacio de trabajo

 

Become aware to be more productive at home

There is a reason why I don’t recommend you to paint your walls with strong colors, our moods change. Even if we all have certain tendencies towards one mood or another, it is interesting to stay awake on how we feel on a constant basis. If you are lacking attention, being unproductive or feeling uncomfortable in any way, change your colours to be more productive at home! 

And if you are not sure which colors you need today, use green. You can never go wrong with green. Buy a new plant, place it in front of you and let it balance you.




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